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The Mac and the Searle dominate Donington

20:12 10th March 2008 by Ray Chuss - Editor Online @chussy

The Mac and the Searle dominate Donington

19:03 10th March 2008 by Ray Chuss - Editor Online @chussy
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The first round of the 2008 Maxxis British motocross championship kicked off at Donington Park this weekend dominated by two riders – Billy Mackenzie in the MX1 class and Tommy Searle in the MX2 class, both riders walked away with two wins apiece.

Donington Park was home to last year’s British GP, and 2008 will see the MXDN take place in September at the same circuit and what better way to test the track once again was to let the best riders in Britain do their thing.

Tommy won both races but had to fight hard right to the line in moto one with rejuvenated Stephen Sword putting in a strong display in second, Swift Suzuki ‘s French import Pascal Leuret dropped into third and following in fourth was Sword’s Molson Kawasaki team mate Gareth Swanepoel.

Race two saw Searle take a comfortable win in possibly his only Maxxis event in 2008, no doubt Tommy has his sight set firmly on the world crown but the fans would love to see him back at round two in a few weeks – time will tell.

Swordy again raced to a great second place showing that he is still a threat in the MX2 class and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in this super tight class. KTM UK rider Shaun Simpson continued his early season strong form and finished third, with Canada Heights next up for the young Scottish rider – could he repeat last year’s performance and take the overall.
Leuret again looked impressive and finished in fourth.

Billy Mackenzie looked like he was in cruise control in the MX1 races, ripping to two very comfortable wins on his black Monster Energy Honda.
Kenneth Gunderson on his UTAG Yamaha managed to keep ahead of Brad Anderson, James Noble and Tom Church to finish second, “I’m glad to be back on the 450”, explained Gunderson from the podium.


Mackenzie looked in devastating form

Brad Anderson kept the Swift Suzuki flag flying and landed a podium place in third fighting off Church and Noble in the process.

Round one is now done and dusted, and unfortunately a few riders suffered injuries which has probably wrecked their season already at this early stage, one being Jake Nicholls who suffered a punctured lung after a horrific crash on the huge table top – “Jake keep your chin from the boys at MOTO”.

Next round is Canada Heights on March 23rd – no doubt it will rock just like Donington did.


Scott Elderfield took the MXY2 class with style

MX1

1 1 Billy MacKenzie 50

2 67 Kenneth Gundersen 42

3 60 Brad Anderson 38

4 16 James Noble 36

5 24 Tom Church 36

6 21 Mark Jones 30

7 20 Wayne Smith 27

8 49 Micheal Phillips 24

9 15 Mark Hucklebridge 23

10 121 Bryan MacKenzie 20

11 22 Jamie Lewis 19

12 4 Mark Eastwood 17

13 716 David Willet 17

14 30 Alex Rach 14

15 11 Glen Phillips 12

MX2

1 2 Tommy Searle 50

2 7 Stephen Sword 44

3 47 Pascal Leuret 38

4 50 Martin Barr 32

5 15 Carlos Campano 30

6 5 Gareth Swanepoel 30

7 272 Neville Bradshaw 28

8 44 Elliot Banks-Browne 23

9 24 Shaun Simpson 20

10 17 Kristen Whatley 19

11 31 Alex Snow 19

12 1 Mike Brown 14

13 23 Carl Nunn 13

14 119 Mel Pocock 12

15 76 Marcus Norlan 12

MXY2

1 60 Scott Elderfield 41

2 100 Sam Davis 40

3 18 Josh Spinks 37

4 6 Josh Waterman 36

5 3 Edward Allingham 35

6 5 Joe Gregory 30

7 41 Tom Watts 28

8 701 Scot James 25

9 12 Tommy Fenwick 24

10 17 James Hutchinson 22

11 110 Ryan King 15

12 48 Daivd Games 14

13 106 Will Worden 11

14 9 Nathan Rooks 10

15 111 Kelvin Townsend 9